Amazing Rivers for River Cruising — Part Two


A river cruise is the easiest and most enjoyable way to explore the cities and towns that lie along inland waterways. Passengers sail aboard small (often 150 travelers or less) and beautiful, well-appointed ships, dine on gourmet food and enjoy personalized service and wonderful cultural immersion with lectures, local entertainment and so much more.. Daily sightseeing excursions capture the highlights of each port city and are often included in the price, as is local wine and beer with lunch and dinner. You literally walk off the ship and you are in the city or town. You gently glide down the river so there is no chance of sea sickness as you enjoy the beautiful scenery. At times you will visit more than one port in one day and maximize your travel time and money.

We, Eva’s Best Travel and Cruises, offer the widest variety of itineraries along every major river in the world, plus every discount, deal and special promotion available. Below are brief summaries of the top 10 rivers, in no particular order. To see all the latest deals and a complete list of itineraries for each river, just call us at: Eva’s Best Travel and Cruises, 203-221-3171, 888-499-7245, email us at: and check our website at:

Yangtze River — Yangtze River cruises often are part of longer tours in China that also incorporate hotel stays. You’ll travel between Beijing and Shanghai and see some of the country’s most popular sights, like a well-preserved section of the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian. Highlights along the Yangtze include Shibaozhai Temple, a 12-story red pagoda that clings to the side of a cliff, and the magnificent peaks and waterfalls of the Three Gorges. Passengers disembark to visit the Three Gorges Dam, a jaw-dropping sight that spans nearly a mile and a half and stands more than 600 feet tall.

Mississippi River — These sailings explore one of America’s true historic treasures: a 2,320-mile waterway that flows through 10 states, from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Itineraries stop at cities that flourished on the river and its tributaries, like St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans. Civil War battlefields, restored plantation homes and picturesque towns perched on bluffs also are featured. The origins of blues and jazz can be traced to this region, and it’s celebrated in literature, too, most memorably by Mark Twain, who grew up in the port town of Hannibal, Missouri, and once worked as a riverboat pilot.

Amazon River — There are two ways to explore this South American river: aboard an expedition ship that has a shallow draft and can travel the Lower Amazon in Brazil or the Upper Amazon tributaries in Peru, or on an oceangoing cruise ship that enters the mouth of the river on the Atlantic Ocean and navigates the Lower Amazon as far as Manaus. See the flora and fauna of this verdant basin, like orchids, giant lilies and forests carpeted in ferns, and caimans, rare frogs, monkeys, sloths and toucans. Often there are opportunities to learn about the traditions of the region’s communities and purchase locally made crafts.

Mekong River — Busy cities, rural villages, temples and floating markets are part of Mekong River trips through Cambodia and Vietnam. In Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, sightseeing excursions take in the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. In Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll visit sites linked to the Vietnam War, like the War Remnants Museum and the underground tunnels used as hideouts by the Viet Cong. Angkor Wat is a top attraction; the large complex of ornate stone structures dates to the early 12th century.

Columbia River — Follow in the footsteps of famed explorers Lewis and Clark on a cruise of this Pacific Northwest waterway. Guided sightseeing can include visits to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, the Columbia River Gorge and Hells Canyon. Photograph Victorian-era architecture in the Oregon town of Astoria, or learn about the heritage of the Nez Perce Native Americans. Vessels sail a portion of the Snake River as well. Both rivers offer an abundance of history, natural beauty and wildlife.

At Eva’s Best Travel and Cruises, we get to know you, your interests and desires and customize your trip. With our affiliation with Cruise Planners and American Express Travel, our wonderful team of over 350 travel partners, all vetted through American Express for their high quality and service, will match the lowest publish price and give you the most amenities. You will save a lot of time, money and frustration as we counsel and advise you on your dream vacation. Call us at: 203-221-3171, 888-499-7245,, text us at: 203-554-4462, check our website at:

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I co-own Best Cruises and Travel Now, a full service, home-based travel agency. Our customers save a lot of time, a lot of money, a lot of aggravation from travel mistakes, while we give them expert, personalized travel advice and excellent customer service. Since we are affiliated with Cruise Planners/American Express, our clients can pay for part or all of their trip using their American Express Reward points! We specialize in specialty and theme cruises and trips, honeymoons and destination weddings, corporate travel and sales incentive trips, family and school reunions and friends getaways. We will exceed your expectations!
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